Monday, May 18, 2015

Forgotten Paper!

How can anyone throw things like this out?  I don't understand!  We went back to a sale that threw open their doors for the second week.  I knew there probably wasn't anything there and I was right, except for some stuff they had marked as garbage.  I spotted a box on the way out of the garage, it was all paper, I thought there might have been something interesting, we asked if we could go through it, no problem, says the son of the lady that owned the home.   

This album had some pictures removed but so many great photos, I don't know these people but I couldn't leave this album there to be thrown out.  Is anyone else interested in things like this, besides me?  

From what I can figure out, the photographer signed up to serve in the Second World War, he was from Toronto, his training was in Nova Scotia - there are many pictures of that time. 

Were these lovely ladies some girlfriends of the soldiers?

Selfies before selfies were cool, in the early 40's.

How many of these brave young men made it back to Canada?

Even a couple of hankies in the album.

I wonder if these happy couples were married before the war or after?  Isn't this a lovely picture?

The wedding shots are beautiful!

Also in the box was this old chocolate box, full of old cards, postcards, papers and this soldier's service book, which is oh, so interesting and I know just who I'm sending this to.

I rescued someones history and paid nothing for it - it has me thinking about the young Canadian man who served his country as an aircraft assembler.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

I Found Some Things!!

I actually have a post of some treasures I've found in the last week!!  The posts and the purchases are few and far between - a house can only hold so much stuff, can't it?  I'm being selective!!

Anyone that has been following my blog for a while, knows that I am always on the lookout for Vera scarves - my collection numbers 288 right now, I hope I can reach 300 by the end of the summer.  Last Friday I saw an unexpected yard sale, lo and behold, I found a Vera there - for 25 cents or was it 50 cents, whatever, it was a steal.  I was away last weekend and found the rest of these at a Salvation Army - always on the lookout!!

I've been looking for a nice jug for a while, spotted this one at Value Village the other day!

I wanted it to replace a Pyrex carafe that I had on this shelf, now I need to find another one to replace the green coffee pot!  It sure is hard to take a good picture when you're standing on a chair!!!

I hardly ever see these magazines at the thrift stores, they're so great to cut up for SMASHing, I bought every one - and got one for free!!

It's raining here today, I didn't go to any yard sales but there was an estate sale advertised, which we never have here, of course, I had to check it out!!!  I came out with a bag of goodies for $5.

It's worn, but we're of Scottish heritage and it'll be great in the game room!

I bought this little alarm clock because I received one for Christmas, in the 70's, as well, mine is beige and has one leg broken off, I knew I was going to get it for cheap, so I took it!  It still works!  And, I love the little note on the bottom, looks like that might have been a Toronto jeweller!

This is a real vintage Cootie game!  My kids had a Cootie game but it sure wasn't like this one, look at those little game pieces!

A mixed bag of game pieces to go in a jar!

There was a box of playing cards, I took them all, some of the illustrations are so cute!!  I can use them for SMASHing, or my newest thing - pocket letters, but that's a post for another day!!!

It was fun to poke around and actually find a few things, hope the fun continues!!  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time to Bake - Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Bundt Cake

I know, I haven't blogged in ages, but I don't think I'm the only one, there are just so many other things to keep our attention these days, my vice is Instagram, which I have mentioned on here before.  I posted this on Instagram this afternoon, so I'm sharing the recipe for those of you who might be interested.

Today I was searching the internet for a coffee cake recipe, I found this one, made it and loved it.  The original recipe comes from the blog " Baked by Rachel" - click here for her recipe, I will type it out as well.  It was delicious and makes the house smell so good.  I didn't make any major changes to the recipe.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Bundt Cake


1/4 c. brown sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

6 Tbsp. flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


1/2 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon


5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

3/4 c. white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

6 Tbsp. sour cream

1 c. flour


1 c. icing sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp. milk (I added a bit more)

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease your bundt pan, don't forget to do the middle!!

In a medium bowl, combine topping ingredients with a fork until crumbly.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients, also set aside.

I used my Kitchen Aid mixer for the next step - cream together butter and sugar.  Mix in egg and vanilla until smooth.  Add remaining dry ingredients, mixing until combined.  Finally,  add sour cream, mixing well.

Divide batter between two bowls.

Scatter topping ingredients in the bottom of the greased bundt pan.  Carefully spread one half of the batter over streusel topping.  Sprinkle with brown sugar filling and top off with remaining batter.

Bake for 50-55 minutes.  I set my times for 52 minutes, I think 50 minutes would have been sufficient.

Invert onto wire rack to cool.

Whisk together the icing sugar and milk. Drizzle over cooled cake - enjoy!!

It really hit the spot!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sons of Anarchy - LOVED IT!

We were late jumping on the Sons of Anarchy bandwagon - Season 1 was a Christmas gift for my husband, well, right, from that first episode, we were hooked.   It wasn't broadcast on Netflix Canada, so I bought the second season, then I had a brainwave and checked my local library, they had every season and by the time we finished season 6, the final and last, season 7 was out and available there too!  

Some evenings we would watch three episodes, we talked about it the next day, I can honestly say, we have never watched a tv show and were so engrossed in it.  It's a story of a biker club in California - tough men in a violent world -  and it IS violent and gets more violent as the seasons go on.   Every episode was gripping - so many situations with the guys and their relationships!  We finished it over a week ago and we're still talking about it!!

It's not often CD's are bought in this house anymore, but had to have this collection!    The music is excellent - old songs, newer songs,  songs written specifically, for the show - the majority of them performed by The Forest Rangers.  Katy Sagal, who starred as Peg Bundy in Married with Children plays the character of Gemma, she  joins the band on a few songs, her voice is wonderful on Son of a Preacher Man.   

We thought this show was something like The Sopranos, we loved that one but we thought this one was even better!  I say "yay" to this show, I know there are a lot of people who would not care for it, but to each his own, isn't that right?  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Made from Pinterest - Maple Pecan Salmon

I never set out to do a blog post from something I make so I apologize for not a great picture, but I wanted to share this really tasty recipe with you,  I had pinned it from Pinterest and tried it yesterday.  It's delicious - don't be put off by the picture!!  It's going to be my new salmon recipe - it might be yours too!!!

The original pin came from the blog I Love My Kids,  I didn't make any changes to the recipe.  

Maple Pecan Salmon

1/2 cup Maple Syrup - the real stuff, not Aunt Jemima

1/4 cup soy sauce

2-4 cloves, garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper


1 cup chopped roasted pecans - I didn't roast them

In the baking dish, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper.  Place salmon in the dish, skin side down.    Coat with maple syrup mixture and then after 15 minutes flip over on the other side and coat with the pecans.  

Cover the dish and marinate the salmon in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, bake salmon around 20 minutes.  Do not overcook!!  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Made from Pinterest - Country Apple Fritter Bread

It's funny how some recipes just catch your eye, I was browsing on Pinterest the other day and found Country Apple Fritter Bread, I made it right away, the picture is my loaf.   It's really good, even better a day after.  I'll definitely make it again and maybe add a little extra apple the next time.  The pin originated on this blog Baking Chocola Tess - just click on that link and it will take you to the recipe.  Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Frying Pork Chops

Don't read any further if you don't eat meat because this post is about frying meat, in particular, pork chops.  We never buy pork chops or steak in the winter, we only BBQ them in the summer.   I used to cook pork chops in the oven, but didn't really care for that method so no more of that! I remember back when I first started cooking, the only way to make pork chops was Shake n Bake, that used to be a grocery staple!!!


  I can't remember the last time I ever had pork in a frying pan,  but I do remember them to be burnt to a crisp and dry as a bone, no wonder I wasn't anxious to cook them that way.  But, since I discovered this method, I'll be buying pork chops again, they're the best, done this way!!

We've fried pork chops twice now and both times they were so flavorful and moist, we have to admit, we liked them better than the BBQ ones.  

I left the chops on the counter for about half an hour, if your meat is too cold the outside will overcook while the inside comes to the right temperature, doing this will ensure a nice crust and a tender center.   Wash the chops, dry with paper towel and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder, or whatever you prefer.    Add about 1 tbsp of oil to your frying pan, get it good and hot, cook the chops for about 3 minutes or so at that temperature, then turn the heat down to medium, cook them for a further 3 minutes on each side.  Another hint to use during cooking is to stand up your chops, use your tongs for that, the fat on the edge will be brown and crispy.  When your thermometer reaches 145, they're done , don't cook them longer, they'll be dry!  Wait for 10 minutes (if you can't wait, they'll still be good, we waited about 5 minutes the first time, the next time we didn't wait at all) before you cut into your meat, the juices will not be all over your plate or cutting board but contained in the meat and so delicious!!

This seems pretty basic, but it was just like a new wonderful recipe to us!!  Do you fry pork chops?